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Course Descriptions

BIOL090M - Chemistry Review for Health Sciences (1-0-1)

A quick review of chemistry and biochemistry to prepare students for health science courses at MCC. The course includes general vocabulary and concepts in chemistry appropriate to the health sciences; specific topics may be covered in more depth as appropriate for preparation for Human Anatomy and Physiology I. This course fulfills no requirements for any program, and is aimed at students who have had high school biology and chemistry but want a refresher in the chemistry appropriate for health sciences. It will be offered during the two weeks before the beginning of both the fall and spring semesters.

Prerequisite: High school-level biology and chemistry with a grade of “C” or better.

BIOL099M - Foundations in Biology (2-2-3)

This course will cover the main points of high school-level biology. It is meant to strengthen students’ background in biology and to prepare students for college-level life science courses. The course will give an overview of cell biology, the biology of organisms and the biology of populations. A lab component will strengthen the theory information. These credits are institutional and are not applied toward graduation.

BIOL101M - General Concepts in Biology (3-3-4)

A one semester college-level biology course that deals with important concepts surrounding biology. It will cover some basic chemistry, the cell structures and their functions, cell division, cellular respiration, photosynthesis, DNA and RNA and some basic genetics. This study is based on the ongoing evolution of species.

Prerequisite: High school biology (or equivalent) with a grade of “C” or better and placement into ENGL110M. (Ful lls Lab Science elective)

BIOL102M - Introduction to Botany (3-3-4)

Covers the basic form of plants including roots, stems, leaves, flowers and the different modes of reproduction and plant responses. Cellular structures and functions will also be explored as will the scope of the many types of plants and their adaptations to various environments. These topics will be linked to the study of evolution and how this process occurs in plants.

Prerequisites: High school biology with a grade of “C” or better, or permission of the instructor and placement into ENGL110M. (Fulfills Lab Science elective)

BIOL103M - Fundamentals of Health and Wellness (3-0-3)

This course will familiarize students with the importance of various elements relevant to their personal health. Topics will provide insight on aspects related to overall health and wellness including physical activity, nutrition, and stress management. Additionally, throughout the course, students will analyze many dimensions of personal health and discover how they relate to their career choice and have an effect on their job performance. Finally, students will be given the tools, knowledge and hands-on experience required to feel confident in leading a healthy and active lifestyle.

BIOL106M - Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology I (3-0-3)

This one-semester course introduces the structure and function of the human body. It includes the anatomy and physiology of each of the organ systems of the human body and practical discussions of disease and health. Prerequisite: placement into ENGL110M. (Fulfills lab science elective when taken with BIOL107M). Offered every semester.

BIOL107M - Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab (0-3-1)

A series of laboratory experiences designed to enhance and reinforce the concepts studied in Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology (BIOL106M). (Medical Assistant students must take BIOL106M concurrently). Prerequisites: Placement into ENGL110XM or ENGL110M or permission of the instructor (Fulfills lab science elective when taken with BIOL106M). Offered every semester.

BIOL108M - College Biology I (3-3-4)

An in-depth college-level course designed for students who intend to continue studying life science as their major area of study. Covers the chemistry of cells including cellular respiration, photosynthesis, DNA, RNA, protein synthesis and enzymes. Also includes the study of the cell, its components, mitosis and meiosis, Mendelian and molecular genetics.

Prerequisites: High school biology and chemistry with a grade of “C” or better and placement into ENGL110M or permission of the instructor. (Fulfills Lab Science elective)

BIOL109M - College Biology II (3-3-4)

This intense college-level biology class is the continuation of BIOL108M. Covers evolutionary biology, classification, organisms and populations and ecology and emphasizes science as a process, scientific inquiry and critical thinking.

Prerequisites: High School Biology and Chemistry with a grade of “C” or better and BIOL108M with a grade of “C” or better and placement into ENGL110M, or permission of the instructor (Fulfills Lab Science elective)

BIOL110M - Human Anatomy and Physiology I (3-3-4)

A comprehensive course in the anatomy and physiology of the human body that presents current in-depth information in basic molecular and cell biology as well as human cells, tissues and organ systems. This first of two courses includes molecular biology which covers DNA and RNA structure and the formation of proteins, as well as basic cellular respiration. It also covers the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous and sensory systems. Laboratory work augments lectures and includes the study of fresh and preserved specimens, microscopy and human physiology.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of high school-level biology and chemistry with a grade of “C” or better. (Fulfills Lab Science elective) Offered every semester.

BIOL111M - Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals I (3-3-4)

Introduces the comparative anatomy of the mammalian body that will include domestic animals and man. Emphasizes normal anatomy and physiology with references made to deviation from the norm which might constitute a disease state. This is the first semester of a two-semester course and covers basic organization, cells and tissues, along with the integument, skeletal, muscular and nervous systems. Lab work augments lectures and includes the study of histology as well as preserved specimens and models.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of high school level biology and chemistry with a grade of “C” or better, or permission of the instructor and placement into ENGL110M. (Fulfills Lab Science elective)

BIOL112M - Human Diseases (3-0-3)

Provides an understanding of disease processes. Common disorders of major body systems are discussed relative to the mechanisms by which they develop and their effects on homeostasis.

Prerequisite of BIOL106M with a grade of “C” or better, or permission of the instructor. (Does not fulfill lab science elective)

BIOL120M - Human Anatomy and Physiology II (3-3-4)

A continuation of BIOL110M, this course includes current, in-depth information of the structure and function of the endocrine, digestive, respiratory, blood, cardiovascular, lymphatic, urinary and reproductive systems. Lab work augments lectures and includes exercises in microscopy, the study of fresh and preserved specimens and physiological measurements of the human body.

Prerequisite: BIOL110M with a grade of “C” or better, or permission of the instructor. (Fulfills Lab Science elective)

BIOL121M - Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals II (3-3-4)

A continuation of BIOL111M, this course includes current in-depth information of the structure and function of the endocrine, digestive, respiratory, blood, cardiovascular, lymphatic, immune, urinary and reproductive systems. Lab work augments lectures and includes the study of histology, preserved specimens and models.

Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in BIOL111M, or permission of the instructor. (Fulfills Lab Science elective)

BIOL130M - Marine Biology (3-3-4)

This course is designed as an extension to topics covered in biology, with special emphasis on life in the oceans. Topics to be covered will include oceanography, marine ecology, anatomy and physiology of marine life, and environmental issues affecting marine life. Students are expected to demonstrate proper scientific data collection skills, as well as effective formal and informal communication of processes and concepts. (Fulfills Lab Science elective)

Prerequisites: High School Biology with a “C” or better and placement into ENGL110M or permission of the instructor.

BIOL150M - Nutrition (3-0-3)

A study of normal and medical nutritional therapy, including the digestion, absorption, transport and metabolism of the macro and micro nutrients throughout the life cycle. Covers nutritional assessment and care plan processes for various medical nutritional therapies, including cardiac, diabetes, stress disorders, various feeding routes and energy and weight management. (Fulfills lab science elective when taken with BIOL151M). Offered every semester

BIOL151M - Nutrition Lab (0-3-1)

A series of laboratory experiences designed to enhance and reinforce the concepts studied in the Nutrition course (BIOL150M). (Students must take, or have taken BIOL150M concurrently/previously. Fulfills lab science elective when taken with BIOL151M). Corequisite: BIOL150M.

BIOL201M - Principles of Genetics (3-3-4)

This course covers fundamentals of classical, molecular, and population genetics. The cellular and molecular mechanisms of inheritance, gene expression and regulation, and influences on evolution are included. Laboratory exercises are designed to reinforce the theoretical concepts with a focus on techniques in molecular genetics.

Prerequisite: Completion of BIOL108M or BIOL110M with a grade of “C” or better, and placement into ENGL110M and MATH145M, or permission of the instructor.

BIOL205M - General Ecology (3-3-4)

Ecology is the scientific study of the interrelationships between organisms and their biotic and abiotic environment. Students will investigate the effects of physical and biological factors on the distribution, abundance, and adaption of living organisms. This course will emphasize scientific thinking and problem solving.

Prerequisite: Completion of BIOL109M with a C or better, and placement into ENGL110M and MATH145M, or permission of the instructor.

BIOL210M - Microbiology: Principles and Practices (3-3-4)

Introduces the principles and practices of medical microbiology. Topics include: the nature and behavior of microorganisms; principles of growth and reproduction of micro organisms; identification of microorganisms using staining, pure culture, biochemical and antigenic techniques; and the epidemiology, clinical features, laboratory diagnosis and control measures for microbial diseases caused by viruses, bacteria, fungi, protozoa and helminthes. Students are required to have protective eye wear (available in the bookstore) and lab coats for the first lab session. Prerequisite: BIOL108M or BIOL110M and ENGL110M with a grade of “C” or better. (Fulfills Lab Science elective) Offered every semester.

BIOL220M - Pathophysiology (3-0-3)

Focuses on the clinical pathogenesis of human diseases as a consequence of abnormalities and alterations of normal physiologic function. Lectures will cover topics in general pathology as well as in-depth information in system pathology and will focus on the most common diseases, which are either frequently encountered or illustrate an important principle.

Prerequisites: Successful completion (with a grade of “C” or better) of BIOL110M and BIOL120M or BIOL111M and BIOL121M and placement into ENGL110M or permission of the instructor. (Does not fulfill Lab Science elective)